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Looking back from March 16

March 16

20 Years Ago-1994

Officials at The Dalles School District continue to cut deeply into educational programs for the 1994-95 school years as they attempt to meet another decline in state revenue. Proposed last night were cuts of an additional 4.5 teachers from the elementary schools, one more at the high school, $40,000 less local support for high school sports and not replacing a retiring principal at one elementary school and using a lead teacher concept. If these become final it will mean bigger classes at the elementary school. None of the cuts, outlined to the budget committee last night by Superintendent Ivan Hernandez and Business Manager Don Knowles, are final and will not be until the budget is approved.

A weeks’ long attempt to catch a cougar on Seven Mile Hill has left both state officials and the citizen with the cat problem upset with each other. Jean Trueax, who said a cougar has been scaring her pregnant mare and halting her labor, said the state has not done its job, which, she said, it to catch the cougar. But Ted Kelm, a state wildlife biologist, said his department has gone above and beyond its duty in this instance – and yet Trueax refuses to take steps to protect her own livestock. Trueax said she saw fresh cougar tracks as recently as Sunday and the mare gets us up several times a night letting us know she saw something.

40 Years Ago-1974

Supt-Principal Joe F. Stewart of Petersburg School submitted his resignation to the school board Thursday night, effective July 1. Stewart’s decision to give up his position at the end of his fourth year of service was the subject of discussion during an executive meeting of the board. Stewart was named recently in an unfair labor practice complaint brought by Petersburg Education Association, and a hearing on the issue is expected to be held in The Dalles in April.

The work and the fun of the three-day Mid –Winter Conference of the Oregon Moose Association and the chapters of the Women of The Moose were getting underway this morning with the arrival of members of both orders at the registration desks at the Moose Home on downtown E. Third Street. Because of the need for more adequate space, all regular session of the WOTM will be in the nearby Elks Lodge, where the class enrollment for the Moose will be at 8 p.m. today. The mid-winter dance tonight will be at the Moose Home.

60 Years Ago-1954

Higher temperatures are forcing one Dalles dam contractor, Atkinson Ostrander, to begin swing-shift concrete pouring operations as of today. Officials said the shift change wasn’t made necessary by specification at this time but they want to be prepared by the deadline. All concrete pouring operations will be carried on after 4 p.m. but no more workers will be employed because of the change. Air temperature has much to do with how and when concrete is placed in large mass, Guy H. Heimsoth, assistant project manager of Ostrander, said. Air temperatures are beginning to be too high for pouring during the day shift.

Members of the Dalles High School basketball team took time out to pose for The Chronicle photographer this morning before departing for the state basketball tournament at Eugene. The team meets Madras in its first contest at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow. The team members are: Jerry Urness, Tom Head, Dick Stoaks, Pat Harris, Doug Woolsey, Irwin Fandrey, Dave Jones, Carrol Bourland, Gary Haynes, Bob Lee and Cal Callaway.

80 Years Ago-1934

City law enforcement agencies had jurisdiction over local liquor offenses today as the result of a new liquor control ordinance passed by the city council. The ordinance, given final approval yesterday after more than a week of study, makes it a violation of city statutes for any person to act contrary to federal or state liquor laws, or the regulatory orders laid down by the state liquor control commission. This makes it possible for the city to prosecute offenders in its own courts and collect fines for its own coffers. Other provisions of the ordinance make it unlawful for liquor dispensaries to operate as such between the hours of 1 and 7 a.m., prohibits sale to persons less than 21 years of age, drinking on any public street or grounds of the city, dancing where beer is sold, and disorderly or noisy conduct and drunkenness in liquor establishments.

A decrease in interest rates from 6 to 5 ½ per cent was put in effect today by the Mid-Columbia Production Credit association, following advices of the reduction received by C. C. Crew, secretary-treasurer of the association, from the Intermediate Credit Bank of Spokane. Farmers in Wasco, Sherman, Wheeler, Gilliam and Hood River Counties and in parts of Skamania and Klickitat Counties will be benefitted by the decreased interest rates on production loans, Crew said. Applications for such loans have reached $80,000 since the Mid-Columbia association opened its office here two weeks ago, he pointed out.

100 Years Ago-1914

George C. Blakeley returned to this city Saturday from a three months’ trip with the Shriners to the Philippines, Japan and China. Mr. Blakeley relates some very interesting stories concerning the journey. “The Philippines have it on us for roads,” said the druggist. “The government has built 1000 miles of boulevards and they are magnificent. We took an automobile trip of 60 miles while there. All along the boulevard were groves of coconut trees from 60 to 90 feet high. We also took a steamer trip up one of the rivers and we saw the natives bringing down coconuts to market just as was pictured in the moving pictures that were shown in this city sometime ago.”

County School Superintendent Clyde T. Bonney and M.S. Pitman of the Monmouth Normal went to Mosier Thursday afternoon where Mr. Pittman addressed the students of the Mosier School. A night meeting to be held at Mosier, Saturday, March 13, was arranged for. Friday forenoon Mr. Pittman gave an inspirational talk, designed to make the children ambitious to live up to their opportunities to the pupils of school district number 17. Several parents were present and the meeting was highly successful. The school board and the children of district 20 were addressed by Mr. Pittman, which resulted in a renewed interest in the Boyd School.

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